Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back! We've been having lpts of fun in my little corner of the world.
Like painting all the kitchen cabinets. Ok, this it really wasn't fun. Seriously NOT fun. Especially since the cabinets were handmade by a not-so-professional amateur carpenter and reallllly don't fit well together at the best of times. When you take the doors off their hinges and the drawers out, it takes a miracle and a half to get them back on right.
Anyway, we also had this happening in our house. BABY TOES. Oh my goodness, best thing EVAH.
He's got the touch. You stick your face right in there and pretend to eat her fat little cheeks.
Artisan Savory Pumpkin Rolls? Our babysitter, Cassey, is magical with children and had been fighting off single dads across the state.... Until one day, she met a cellar rat (his words, not mine!), fell in love and married him. Here's a picture of their little family then...
And now beautiful Julianne has joined Cassey, Noe, and Robert!
So, we had some baby lovin' the other day and I tried out my new camera on her. Basically, shooting baby pictures is A LOT harder than I figured. I did get this one...
She's just chillin' in the backyard. (I giggle every time I see this picture.)
So, I've also been juicing several meals a day (that means, fruits and vegetables, not juicing hamburgers, although that sounds pretty good right now). I've kicked the caffeine habit and it wasn't that bad, which probably means I wasn't drinking as much coffee as I thought. But Edna isn't really impressed with the juicing. She needs to create and bake... not liquify.
I got this great coffee cookbook from the library and she said there was more than just drinks in there.
I try not to look at this picture too closely. *gnaws on own hand*
And this looks especially delicious!
But in the end, we decided the Coffee Crumb Cake would hit the spot.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
2/3 cup flour
5 TBS butter
1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp espresso, ground
1/3 cup sugar
4 TBS butter, softened, and a little more for greasing
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbs strong espresso
The crew, all assembled.
I know this shows four eggs, but I just love our Americuna chickens! The eggs are SO PRETTY.
Ok, everyone, have a wonderful Holy Week and I'll see you back here after Easter! Doesn't that sound good? EASTER. It feels like Lent has been exxxxtrrrrrraaaaa long this year. I couldn't help but put out our pysanky a little early.
I ordered these from a wonderful company called Monastery Icons. My girls are taking a class on Russian Imperialism and they were so excited to see these arrive! I forgot to order stands. Hence the ink bottle stands, haha.
(I'm not Russian, or Russian Orthodox, or have a drop of Russian in me, but I DO have a soft spot for Eastern Europe after studying Eastern Euro languages for so long. Attending the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland also might have had something to do with it, but then again, maybe not. All I remember is cabbage and snow.)
Until next time!